The Conover House is another of Clarence Luce's simply shaped shingle houses into which he managed to insert quirky and fascinating architectural incident. From the road it shows a big gable end without eaves and a loose window arrangement with a single one-story shallow bay window. From the “front” (at right angles to the road), the gable projects a deep, visorlike eave, under one corner of which a second-story bay window is folded. Below this the second-story shingled wall flares as an even more extravagant visor to shelter a porch with steps running the width of the house between stone piers. Four sets of cylindrical columns as close-packed triplets support the porch well under the flaring. Built-in benches to either side of the door divide the porch (for some unknown reason) into three separate sections. To the rear the shingled walls make a corner in a series of polygonal folds, tapered inward as the wall rises, as though inspired by an ancient windmill.
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Reverend Coit Conover House
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